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11 September, 2008

IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD(R)--TRANSCENDING BOUNDARIES


Through IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD® -- TRANSCENDING BOUNDARIES(www.amazon.com; www.xlibris.com; www.borders.com; www.fetchit.com), sixteen Men from diverse backgrounds and diverse geographic locations – STEPHEN BASKERVILLE, PH.D., MUHAMMAD NASSER BEY, RANDY L. COLLINS, LEONARD DANTZLER, WARREN FARRELL, PH.D., DALE FRAZA, THOMAS R. GOLDEN, LCSW, THE LATE L.T. HENRY, THOMAS HOERNER, GARY A. JOHNSON, JAMES KENNEDY, THOMAS LESSMAN, ALVIN F. POUSSAINT, M.D., MARTIN G. RAMEY, ALMAS JAMIL SAMI’ and JOEP ZANDER – in essays and interviews compiled by DIANE A. SEARS, speak from the depths of their souls about why Men – especially Men who are Fathers are redefining Fatherhood through the creation of “father-friendly” legislation and public policies and coalitions that extend beyond geographic boundaries and how Men are reshaping their parental roles and responsibilities.

IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD® -- TRANSCENDING BOUNDARIES is a “straight-no chaser” exploration of the challenges that confront Married Fathers, Single Fathers, Divorced Fathers, “Stay-At-Home” Fathers, “Long Distance” Fathers, Custodial Fathers, and Non-Custodial Fathers in the Millennium throughout our global village as they struggle to shape the minds and souls of our children.

IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD® -- TRANSCENDING BOUNDARIES is recommended reading for Men and Fathers and the women and family members who love and care for them, Fatherhood Practitioners, family and marriage psychotherapists, legal professionals, legislators, business leaders, ministers, educators, health care professionals and providers, social services professionals and providers, journalists, business leaders and community and social activists.

IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD® -- TRANSCENDING BOUNDARIES does not stop there. It also contains a Resources Directory for Fathers comprising organizations around the world that address the needs and issues of men – especially Men who are Fathers and a recommendation list of books that deal with Fatherhood and Men’s issues all of which were compiled by DIANE A. SEARS, the United States Coordinator for International Men’s Day (www.imd-global.org) – a position she has held since 2009; the creator of the International Day of Prayer for Men and Boys which launches the United States’ observance of International Men’s Day; Chair, USA 2012-2022 International Men’s Day Ten Year Plan Committee; a member of the International Men’s Day Coordination Committee where she represents the United States; and the Managing Editor of a quarterly international Fatherhood and Men's Issues journal —IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD® -- which moderates a Global Dialogue on Fatherhood. The concept for IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD® was created by Sears’ mentor, the late L.T. HENRY, a classically trained jazz musician who briefly performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra and was a former drummer for internationally acclaimed songstress and film and television actress MS. DELLA REESE; author; photojournalist; and sales and success motivation trainer who died in March 1999 – a concept Ms. Sears has resurrected. MS. SEARS serves as an External Board Member of the results-oriented two-tiered FATHERS AND CHILDREN TOGETHER Initiative created by members of United Community Action Network (U-CAN) at SCI Graterford which is designed to eradicate Fatherlessness and intergenerational incarceration. SEARS’ work on Fatherhood and Men’s Issues has received global attention as evidenced in a 2009 International Men’s Day speech given on the floor of the Western Australian Parliament by THE HONORABLE NICK GOIRAN (http://nickgoiran.com.au/2009/12/02/international-mens-day-adjournment-debate-speech/). Additionally, Ms. SEARS is a member of the University Council for Akamai University’s Fatherhood and Men’s Studies Program (www.akamaiuniversity.us) which is located in Hilo, Hawaii. She advises the President of Akamai University on Fatherhood issues and assists him in the enhancement of the institution’s Fatherhood and Men’s Studies curriculum and in forming strategic alliances with national and international Fatherhood organizations. She is also a member of the National Affinity Network for The Boys’ Initiative (www.theboysinitiative.org) which is headquartered in Washington, D.C.

WHAT REVIEWERS ARE SAYING ABOUT IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD(R)--TRANSCENDING BOUNDARIES

“In Search Of Fatherhood® -- Transcending Boundaries is a long overdue look at Fatherhood issues. In the well meaning effort to ease the problems of mothers and their children, Fathers and their issues have been overlooked. In Search Of Fatherhood® -- Transcending Boundaries is a welcome effort in correcting this situation.”

HAYWARD FARRAR, PH.D. – ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF HISTORY - VIRGINIA POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE AND STATE UNIVERSITY, Blacksburg, Virginia


“ . . . All in all, page for page, you simply can’t do better than to pick up this superb collection.”

J. STEVEN SVOBODA, ESQUIRE FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF ATTORNEYS FOR THE RIGHTS OF THE CHILD, Berkeley, California

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